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Clarence G. Matsuda

Company A-2

18 Jul 1937- 11 Feb 2023

Place of Death: Sioux Falls, SD.

Interment: South Dakota State Veteran’s Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Clancy Matsuda, on February 11, 2023, in Sioux Falls, SD.

Clancy is survived by his wife; Connie, their son Matt; their daughter Leilani Komatsubara and her husband Takeshi; and their grandchildren Kohta and Kay Komatsubara.

Visitation will be at 4:30–6:30 PM, Saturday, February 18, 2023, at Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, 112 E Annabelle Street, Brandon, SD 57005.

Memorial Services will be at 2 PM, Sunday, February 19, 2023, at Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church.

Burial will be at 2 PM, Tuesday, February 22, 2023, at the South Dakota State Veteran’s Cemetery, 25965 477th Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 with Full Military Honors. 

Condolences may be sent to Connie at 1517 Custer Parkway, Brandon, SD  57005-1533.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Clancy's memory be sent to the charty of your choice.

Well done, Clancy.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\A-2 Clancy Matsuda.pdf


Clarence “Clancy” Genji Matsuda

 July 18, 1937 ~ February 11, 2023

Retired Colonel Clarence (Clancy) Genji Matsuda, 85, died Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Good Samaritan Village, Sioux Falls, SD.  

Visitation with family will be 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Saturday, February 18, 2023, at Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church, Brandon, SD. Memorial Services will be 2pm, Sunday, February 19, 2023, also at Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church. Burial will be 2pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at the SD State Veteran’s Cemetery, with Full Military Honors. A livestream link will be provided Saturday for viewing on Sunday. The stream will start at approximately 1:45pm Sunday.

Clarence “Clancy” Genji Matsuda was born on July 18, 1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Genyei and Miyo (Miyashiro) Matsuda. He entered the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 1956, and the U.S. Military Academy in 1957. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the Officers’ Candidate School in December 1961. Overseas assignments included Santo Domingo, two tours in Vietnam, and Korea.

After 21 moves with his wife (and later, his family), he retired from the Army on August 31, 1989. He and Connie settled in Brandon, SD in 1990. After his retirement from the Army, he spent three seasons as a volunteer football coach. His Christian faith guided much of his activity. Clancy graduated from North American Baptist Seminary before serving as a counselor at the West Farm and made missionary trips to Russia and Mongolia. He served in various leadership roles in his church.

Clancy is survived by his wife, Connie; his children, Matthew Matsuda, Brandon, and Leilani (Takeshi) Komatsubara, Sakata, Japan; his grandchildren, Kohta and Kay Komatsubara; and his brother, Charles Matsuda, Kaneohe, HI, and sister, Linda Kimura, Honolulu, HI.

Clancy was preceded in death by his parents, Genyei and Miyo (Miyashiro) Matsuda; one sister, Lily; and two brothers, Wilfred, and Michael.